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‘Seriously, it’s not my money’


For those keeping score at home, Jack Layton says he’s not in favour of turning over the House of Commons books to the auditor general. Michelle Simson makes the case for doing so.

She said that if MPs are afraid to let Fraser look at their books, they can’t blame people for being suspicious. “Without that kind of scrutiny, I don’t think we’ll ever be able to successfully convince Canadians that what happened in Britain can’t happen here,” Simson said…

Simson said the benefits of performance reviews and value-for-money audits go far beyond catching embarrassing spending from MPs, as the budget for the House of Commons and Senate is $533 million and every other branch of the public service is subject to Fraser’s audits. “When it’s combined, it’s a huge amount of money,” Simson said. “And it’s one thing to make sure the columns add up. It’s a performance issue in terms of making sure that she could see a trend. She could see an economy of scale. She could see ways we could save money.”


‘Seriously, it’s not my money’

  1. Go, Michelle, Go!

  2. Jack is in favour of not being open and transparent.

  3. This Grand Inquiry into everyone's petty cash drawer is unstoppable. It's just a matter of time. Jack should know that.

  4. What's to lose here, folks? Just do it!

    The only reason for not opening the books that I can think of is also the strongest reason for opening the books.

    • The only reason for not opening the books that I can think of is also the strongest reason for opening the books.

      One might argue that this applies to another current controversy on the Hill as well.

  5. Personally, I would prefer if their expenses were simply made public, i.e. published on the web, rather than a review by Frasier. I have no doubts of Frasier's competence and her ability to meet her objectives. My concern is that one of her objectives seems to be to make headlines with her reports.

    • Interesting point. Didn't Paul Martin's gang put their expenses up on a website?

      • Martin put Minister's offices up on a website. Not MPs.

    • Good auditors almost always find ways that organizations could spend their money more efficiently. When auditors' reports are made public, "spending money more efficiently" usually gets translated to "so and so is wasting billions!"

  6. Boy the optics are not good if you oppose this.

  7. The NDP has a lot of cousins and whatnots on staff? Is that the problem here?

  8. You only want it denied if you have something to hide

  9. So, will this lead to a coalition between Jack and Stephen to keep the books closed?

    When the Liberals and the traitors want transparency and the Conservatives and socialists want to thwart it, what's a boy to do?

    How do I choose between the pro-transparency coalition with traitors and the anti-transparency coalition with socialists???